• Richard Strauss
  • March 2024
  • Dublin



A royal, Succession-like power struggle. Lust and death at every turn. A king who desires his wild and wilful step-daughter. Her erotic fascination with a condemned prophet. The result is a horrific trade. Based on Oscar Wilde’s play.

Strauss’s landmark opera was greeted with shock, horror, excitement, awe, respect, censorship, scandal, condemnation, just the kind of responses that fill theatres and cinemas to this day. The music, sweet, sour, erotic, frenzied, often dizzily thrilling, has not been blunted by time. Salome is still one of the wildest and most rewarding rides you can experience in an opera house.

Running time 1 hour 45 minutes.

Sung in German with English surtitles.

Salome… In Focus
A free online introduction to the opera by Michael Lee.
Thursday 7 March 7pm.

In association with Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.


“Campbell-Wallace’s soprano was undoubtedly impressive, and it was thrilling to hear a voice of such heft and fullness in the role.” - Bachtrack, on Sinéad Campbell-Wallace
“an exceptional musician and a superb actor . . . Just when you thought he had given everything the voice opened up even further and found even more thrilling reserves of power.” - Opera Traveller, on Vincent Wolfsteiner
“...there was something special about the engulfing warmth of mezzo soprano Imelda Drumm...” - The Irish Times
“appealing tone and unerring theatrical instincts.” - Voix des Arts, on tenor Alex McKissick
“Bruno Ravella’s haunting, deeply humane production” - The Guardian
“Once, in Berlin, I went to Max Reinhardt's ‘Little Theatre’ in order to see Gertrud Eysoldt in Oscar Wilde’s Salome. After the performance I met Heinrich Grünfeld, who said to me: ‘My dear Strauss, surely you could make an opera of this'! I replied: 'I am already busy composing it’.” - Richard Strauss
“The impression it made was stronger than ever and I am firmly convinced that it is one of the greatest masterpieces of our time.” - Gustav Mahler, the day after a performance of Salome

Cast and Creative Team


Sinéad Campbell-Wallace Salome
Vincent Wolfsteiner Herodes
Imelda Drumm Herodias
Tómas Tómasson Jochanaan
Alex McKissick Narraboth
Doreen Curran The Page of Herodias
Julian Close First soldier
Lukas Jakobski Second soldier
Christopher Bowen First Jew
Andrew Masterson Second Jew
William Pearson Third Jew
Aaron O'Hare Fourth Jew
Eoghan Desmond Fifth Jew
Wyn Pencarreg First Nazarene
Eoin Foran Second Nazarene
Kevin Neville A Cappadocian
Leanne Fitzgerald A slave
INO Orchestra

Creative Team

Fergus Sheil Conductor
Bruno Ravella Director
Leslie Travers Set & Costume Designer
Ciarán Bagnall Lighting Designer
Liz Roche Choreographer
Chris Kelly Assistant Director
Mark Lawson Répétiteur & Language Coach
Elaine Kelly Assistant Conductor